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Psychology study indicates that narcissists are more involved in politics than the rest of us

Those higher in narcissism are disproportionately taking part in the democratic process, according to new research published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.The study found a positive correlation between narcissism and political participation. In other words: The more narcissistic someone is, the more likely they are to contact politicians, sign petitions, donate money, and vote in midterm elections.“We have entered into an ‘Age of Entitlement’ and a ‘post-truth’ world that combine to form an unprecedented cultural movement where large portions of the public pursue self-interest ...

Horror fandom linked to reduced psychological distress amid the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study has found that people who enjoy horror movies tend to report lower levels of psychological distress in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The findings, published in Personality and Individual Differences, indicate that the type of fiction a person enjoys is related to how they cope with the pandemic.The authors of the study were interested in learning more about why people intentionally expose themselves to fictional violence and frightening situations. The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 provided them with a chance to examine the psychological dispositions of people who are fond of such...

Belief in chloroquine’s effectiveness is linked to reduced willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccine, study finds

People who believe that the antimalarial drug chloroquine is an effective remedy against COVID-19 are less likely to say they will receive a vaccination for the virus when one is available, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology.The new study indicates that various conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are associated with a reduced willingness to vaccinate.The lead author of the study, Paul Bertin (@PaulBertin_), is a PhD student at the Université Côte d’Azur in France who has been studying conspiracy theories and their relations to group identities.“When the COVID-19 pand...

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